The Machine

With an impoverished world plunged into a new Cold War, British scientist Vincent is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon - an android called The Machine.
Country: UK Runtime: 93 mins Director(s): Caradog W. James
Cast: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson

FILM FESTIVALS: Winner of Best UK Film Raindance Film Festival 2013; BIFA 2013: Winner of the Raindance Award; Winner 3 BAFTAs Cymru 2013 including Best Film

RAINDANCE REVIEW:

Set in the near future, with a backdrop related to a cold war with China, The Machine focuses on the desire to create true artificial intelligence and a perfect killing machine for the military. So far, scientists are trying to achieve this by putting implants in soldiers who have suffered brain damage. Into this military world comes fresh researcher Ava, and the computer she designed that may just hold the key to the ultimate aims of the scientists. Tragedy leads us into the realms of the classic Frankenstein fable as humanity creates artificial life that is clearly capable of superseding our own.

In a time when science fiction is very much of the bigger-is-better-is-louder variety it’s refreshing to have a film like The Machine to be reminded of the glory days. As beautiful as it is – and it is stunning – it’s the narrative and the questions it asks that raise the film to the highest ranks of the genre. This is the thinking person’s science fiction, a movie that will have you looking at your technology in a whole new way.

Mark Rogers

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